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Playboy Jazz Festival to screen rare jazz footage

LACMA hosting the event

Posted: May 29, 2009 11:26 a.m.
Updated: May 29, 2009 12:07 p.m.
The Playboy Jazz Festival will once again bring to life some of the greatest moments in jazz when the Festival presents the acclaimed "Playboy Jazz on Film" program, in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) film department.

The annual event will be held Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. in LACMA's Bing Theatre, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036.

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Renowned music and jazz film archivist Mark Cantor will host the program of rare film clips featuring a series of performances highlighting some of the most important and beloved jazz artists in the world.
In addition to film clips of classic jazz greats Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Bill Evans and Lenny Tristano, this year's program will feature footage of three legendary performers, saxophonist/flutist Bud Shank, drummer Louis Bellson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

The event will also honor three living masters of jazz, tenor saxman Buddy Collette and trumpeters Gerald Wilson and Ray Anthony.

The 2009 edition of "Jazz on Film" will include an eclectic slate of music. The clips range from Dixieland interpretations (Jack Teagarden) and Swing (Lips Page) to more modern jazz performances by Collette, Evans and Tristano.

As always, there will be many surprises, including a featured theme set that spotlights some of the great dancers from Harlem's Cotton Club and the Apollo theatre during the 1930s and 1940s.

"The clips in this program are all rare, and they are not necessarily the type of things you can buy on DVD or see on Youtube," says Cantor.

"And the quality will, in any case, exceed what you can access online. In addition, there is something quite special about being about to view this films with an audience, as opposed to sitting alone at your computer."

Tickets will be available beginning at Noon on Thursday, June 11 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ticket office in Times Mirror Court, also at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Tickets are limited to four per person.

The Bing Theatre doors open at 7 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The presentation begins at 7:30.

"Jazz on Film" is part of Playboy's free community event series held in conjunction with this year's annual Playboy Jazz Festival, set for June 13 and 14 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.


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